Prisoners Literature Project

Volunteer

A photo of volunteers selecting books at PLP

The Prisoners Literature Project is based in Berkeley, California, and we’re always looking for volunteers to help answer letters, send out books, and assist with other administrative tasks. Our volunteers say they enjoy the inclusive, friendly and respectful environment that we strive to maintain.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the PLP still hosts small in-person volunteer sessions when we can, currently by invitation only and following strict safety protocols to protect us all. Please fill in this Google Form to get on the list to be contacted about attending a session! And please note that we receive many volunteer applications, and we run a limited number of sessions, so it might be a while before we can get back to you or invite you to attend a session.

About the Prisoners Literature Project

The Prisoners Literature Project is an inclusive, all-volunteer, grassroots nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage reading, the pursuit of knowledge, and self-determination among incarcerated people. By sending free reading materials to those behind bars, PLP aims to foster learning and critical thinking and help prepare people to lead successful lives after incarceration. We believe that all people have a right to read.

Please consider donating to the PLP or volunteering your time (if you live in the Bay Area, CA!) to help us answer letters from prisoners who write us from all over the United States.

Latest News
Banned Books Week 2022 – #BeatThePrisonBookBan
Sep 2022

Banned Books week (Sept. 18-24) is upon us once again.  Books to prisoners groups such as PLP  contend with the reality of book banning and restrictions every day in the course of our efforts to get reading material into the hands of eager incarcerated people. 


PLP Thank You Letters — Summer 2022
Aug 2022

Wow! This is a particularly great batch of letters we’ve received recently. It is our good fortune to have such appreciative book recipients and readers.


A photo of volunteers answering letters at PLP
What goes on during a volunteer session?
Jul 2022

Find out more about volunteer sessions in our new space!